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March 28, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Man found innocent in robbery trial

STEUBENVILLE - A city man arrested and indicted in connection with the Sept. 18 robbery of the Circle K on Lincoln Avenue was found innocent by a Jefferson County Common Pleas Court jury on Wednesday.

James L. Branham, 30, of 1269 1/2 Sinclair Ave. was charged with robbery, with a firearm specification and theft.

Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson dismissed the gun specification upon a request of defense attorney Craig Allen at the end of the prosecution's case presented by county Assistant Prosecutor Edward Littlejohn.

City Police reported a man entered the Circle K around 4 a.m. on Sept. 18 and demanded money from a clerk. The clerk was able to identify Branham as the robber even though the robber was wearing a cloth mask.

The jury deliberated almost two hours before returning with the innocent verdicts following the trial, which began on Tuesday.

Easter egg hunt set in Bloomingdale

BLOOMINGDALE - An Easter egg hunt is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bloomingdale Park, according to organizers.

Children of all ages are welcome to participate in the event, which will be held rain or shine.

Portman staff to hold office hours in county

STEUBENVILLE - U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's, R-Ohio, staff will hold office hours in Jefferson County from noon to 1 p.m. on April 18 at the main branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, 407 S. Fourth St. During this time, constituents will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with a district representative who will provide their feedback to the senator.

"Keeping an open dialogue with constituents is a top priority for me, and I encourage people to take advantage of the opportunity to talk to a member of my staff," said Portman.

Portman staff will travel to each county in Ohio to meet with constituents during office hours, connect with local elected officials and attend community events.

No appointments are necessary. For information, call Portman's District Representative Todd Shelton at (740) 238-8337.

Malkin to speak at Lincoln Day Dinner

SALEM - Conservative TV commentator and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin will be the featured speaker at the Columbiana County Republican Party's 2013 Lincoln Day Dinner scheduled for April 19.

GOP Chairman David Johnson said they were obviously thrilled to get someone of Malkin's caliber to be the keynote speaker, with the event being held in the Salem Community Center gymnasium, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Malkin, whose column appears in local newspapers, including the Herald-Star, also works as a contributor on Fox News since 2001 and appears frequently on the "Sean Hannity Show." She has also authored four best-selling books on current events and politics. Malkin began her journalism career at the Los Angeles Daily News before moving to the Seattle Times.

Johnson said he approached Malkin because of her "high standing among conservatives ... and because there is probably nobody in journalism that is any more informed about the issues of the day."

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